The Knicks stayed at No. 3 and selected RJ Barrett out of Duke -- a move many saw the team doing.
Of course, GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills kept their phone lines open to see if there was a good trade package to potentially move down in the Draft. But during a conference call with New York media after the pick, Perry said they knew the talent level was different at the top of the prospect list.
Barrett was ranked very highly by the Knicks, and staying at No. 3 was the best move in their eyes for the team.
Perry was also asked about what solidified the Knicks' faith in Barrett with their first-rounder, and his visit and workout were a main part of the decision.
"When he came in, he kinda won our building over," Perry said. "When we bring guys in, we allow them to spend time with not only our front office staff, [but our] coaching staff, medical staff. It became apparent he was going to be a perfect fit from a culture standpoint. [He] just reaffirmed what we seen done in the collegiate season that he has a really good chance to be a great player at the NBA level. Made us really comfortable at No. 3."
Barrett couldn't hold in his tears on stage after getting selected, knowing that he is living his dream playing for the Knicks next season. And Perry, as well as the rest of the Knicks organization, is confident Barrett is the right player to help lead the Knicks back to the top of the league.